Cinch technology and an easy-on-the-wallet price.
The K2 Cinch CTC Snowboard Binding’s dropping highback makes getting into and out of these bindings a, um, cinch. The K2 CTC works like this: After putting in your boot and using the speed ratchets to get the ankle and toe straps adjusted how you like them, you drop the highback, which pushes forward the ankle strap. Then pull your boot out, and get on the chairlift. Once at the top of the hill, slide your boot back in, and push the highback into place. The padded straps form around your boots for a snug fit without pressure points—put the toe strap over your boot or in front, depending on your preference. K2 refined and cored out this season's C1 Chassis , which significantly reduces the Cinch CTC's weight.
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Have fun... don't fumble.
I was intimidated by those Flow riders when I first started learning. I realized what I had been missing by not getting this style of binding from the beginning. The time you waste fumbling around after you get off the lift... the awkward steering with a loose rear foot... all gone. You just roll off the lifts and GO. After a few practice runs you start to feel like a skier rolling off the lift... and you get your lift ticket's worth of runs real quick. If you get stuck on some flats and have to walk, you don't seethe with frustration because you have take forever to stop and strap back in. I have last year's model. Would really like to find out how to get the canted footbeds on the old model. Anyone?
so ive been reading alot about these...
so ive been reading alot about these binding, im a high speed freerider and i noticed the specs say these are soft to medium flex.
would these still be good for straight as fast as i can riding? like would the flex be to soft for fast response?
On pow mornings, when it's first chair up on the mtn and there are 300 mixed riders behind you, the cinch gets you off and going and down 3200 vertical without sitting and foolin'. Just insert boot, reach down and....gone!
Also great for teaching, when it's in and out of the binding, more than you'd like... Mine lasted almost two seasons and still going strong...that's over 250 days on snow.
I liked the bindings and was drawn to them over the Flows because you could use the bindings as both traditional and slide in bindings. I ran into the same problem others did which is the rear straps coming undo when you take your rear foot out to skate or traverse. About 75% of time when I would go back to step back in both straps would be completely out, defeating the whole convenience of slide in bindings. I was constantly having to put the straps back in and readjust them.
K2 cinch '05
I bought a pair of the K2 cinch in '05 and they are awesome. My old boots rubbed when i tried to put them in, so I got new boots. They provide a lot of support compared to Flows and they save a lot of time strapping yourself in.
cons: the ones I got in '05 are a little heavy and bulky it seems like the newer ones are a lot more light weight. I'll probably have to get myself a new pair.
Not that bad
Well I got these bindings a couple months ago and so far they have held up fairly well with significant abuse. I was really concerned about the other reviews bad ratings on this binding until I realized they were all from the same guy that was just saying the same thing over and over again. These bindings feel great and respond great and so far I have had no problems with the quality of them.
Great concept - poor quality
Bought these as an alternative to the flows, as they have a bit too much lateral flex for softboot carving. Great concept, but materials leave a lot to be desired. After only one day of riding, one of the toe straps was showing significant fatigue (leather cover was coming apart at the stitches). A few days later, the ankle straps were doing the same. There is some sort of padding material on the inside of the highback, and that is showing major signs of wear after only about 10 days of riding. It's just coming off the highback. I guess that's kind of cosmetic, but with the price of these, you'd expect better quality. Also there doesn't appear to be an easy way to replace the toe straps should tyhey break. Definitely disappointed in this product.